Doctors for Life’s Executive Board of Directors has written their seven principles of medical practice that they endeavour to follow based on the Hippocratic Oath and the Declaration of Geneva:
1. I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity. The health of my patient will be my first consideration, and I will seek the counsel of particularly skilled physicians where indicated for the benefit of my patient.
2. I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due, and will continue with diligence to deep abreast with the advances in medicine.
3. I will respect the sanctity of life from the time of conception until natural death, I will not participate in the counsel or any act that will cause an abortion, that deliberately takes a unique human life. I will neither prescribe nor administer a lethal dose of medicine to any patient even if asked nor counsel any such thing.
4. I will respect the secrets that are confided in me.
5. Into whatever patient setting I enter, I will go for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief or corruption and further from the seduction of any patient.
6. I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race, party politics or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.
7. I will maintain by all means in my power the honour and noble traditions of the medical profession.
Though ethics concerning the medical profession are ever evolving and changing as technology advances, Doctors For Life (DFL) believes that it is the responsibility of medical professionals to assure the preservation of life. DFL opposes all forms of cloning and continues to work through legal channels to end this practice.
DFL is also on the legal front in the battle against pornography, pedophilia, rape and other forms of sexual crime and abuse. It is our belief that stronger governmental legislation will deter crimes against the body, mind and spirit. We are also waging a war against false information about the spread and contraction of the AIDS virus. We stand adamantly against the advice of healers and witch doctors who espouse that a person with HIV/AIDS can be cured by engaging in sexual intercourse with a virgin.
In addition, DFL offers information on the effects of drug and alcohol abuse and the long-term ramifications of usage. We provide counseling and comfort to those who wish to escape the snare of crime or addiction, and also to those who have been victimized by it. We believe the practice of medicine includes not only the healing of the body, but the restoration of the whole person, body, mind, and soul.
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